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Still the champ — Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite dog again

Mar 21, 2017, 2:50 PM
(American Kennel Club Photo)...
(American Kennel Club Photo)
(American Kennel Club Photo)

PHOENIX — The Labrador Retriever is back at the top of the list as 2016’s most popular dog breed in America. Then again, that’s how it’s been for past 26 years.

The American Kennel Club released its list Tuesday.

The organization said that the breed is the ideal family dog because of its even temperament, ability to excel in sports and save lives.

“The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles,” American Kennel Club Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a statement online.

The German Shepherd and Golden Retriever were second and third of the list. The Boxer breed makes the list as No. 10.

Rottweilers were slowly making their way up the national registry of purebred dog pedigrees. The Rottweiler rose one spot from 2015 to No. 8.

The American Kennel Club was founded in 1884 in New York and has 189 dog breeds registered.

Teddy, a Yorkshire Terrier, poses for a photo as others in the American Kennel Club's rankings line-up, in New York, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Labrador retrievers extended their record run last year in the top spot, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings Tuesday for a 26th straight year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Still the champ — Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite dog again